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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs in Weehawken on Friday

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs in Weehawken on Friday

(WEEHAWKEN, NJ) -- Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs and closes their season at Summer Concerts on the Hudson on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 7:00pm. The performance will take place at Lincoln Harbour Park, located just north of the Chart House restaurant, directly on the west bank of the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey. The concert is weather permitting. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and come join this joyous event.  

This performance will feature the New Jersey live premiere of Ms. Chen’s major new work, Shadow Force, inspired by the pandemic. The program will be performed by ten world-class dancers in a mind-bending, foot-stomping choreography celebrating the Re-opening, joy of nature, and our common, connected humanity. Additional repertoire will feature an eclectic range of music including The Way of Five - Fire with music by Tan Dun and Raindrops with music by Sanko Namchilak.  

Bridging the grace of Asian elegance and American dynamism, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company provides cultural experiences that reflect the inspiring hope and energy of the immigrant's journey. The company dances at the intersection of innovation and tradition and its exuberant productions have been presented at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the United States and in thirteen tours around the globe. 

Choreographer/Dancer, Nai-Ni Chen, is a unique artist whose work crosses cultural boundaries. Each of her dances reflect her personal vision as an immigrant American female artist with deep roots in the Asian culture. From this very personal perspective, she creates new works that reflect current issues with global influences. Some of her works have been developed in collaboration with renowned artists such as the Ahn Trio, Glen Velez, Joan La Barbara, and the members of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. 

Transportation to the event from NYC: Take the NY Waterway Ferry across the river to Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken; take Path to Exchange Place, walk a few steps to the Light Rail, and get off at Lincoln Harbor Station Weehawken; or take the New Jersey Transit Bus 158 to Lincoln Harbor. It is helpful to use Google Maps and njtransit.com/light-rail-to. For audience members who drive to the event, free parking is available. 

The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. (HRPAC), a New Jersey nonprofit organization, presents this summer long series of open-air concerts free of charge to the public. Concerts are family friendly. Audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket and picnicking is permitted on the lawn. For more information including the full summer concert schedule, Covid policy, directions, parking info, rain dates, and updates, please check the HRPAC website or call the concert info line at 201-716-4540.


The Company has presented at some of the most prestigious concert halls such as the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Florida. The Company appears annually at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Queens College, the College of Staten Island and on Ellis Island. Internationally, the Company has presented at international festivals including Open Look Festival in Russia, the Silesian International Contemporary Dance Festival, the Konfrontations International Festival in Poland, the Chang Mu International Dance Festival in Korea, the Meet in Beijing International Arts Festival in China, and the Tamaulipas International Arts Festival in Mexico. 

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has received more than 20 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous Citations of Excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Advancing Dance Education, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is currently in residence in New Jersey City University pioneering a program with the University's A Harry Moore Laboratory School teaching dance to urban children with disabilities. 

Programs of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company are made possible by the generous support of our Board members, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund administered by the Princeton Area Community Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, E.J. Grassman Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, New Music USA, the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund, the Rapid Response Program of American Dance Abroad, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Cultural Exchange Fund, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PSEG, Proskauer, WAC Lighting, and the Glow Foundation and the Dragon and Phoenix Foundation.

originally published: 09/07/2021



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